This novel was a great introduction to me by a newly discovered author. This story was not only an alluring read, but I really enjoyed the heart of author's writing flow as it deals with many of history’s greatest obstacles. This alone is what I admire most about Evan's style of writing as well as fellow authors who choose to focus the central plots of their stories around such tragedies.
I think what stands out to me most about this book apart from the plot is the freshness that this story contains. It is different than what I have been reading over the years and in a good way. I am very much enjoying the recent trends of heroines that are beginning to distance themselves from the heroes without the author having to focus on the hero's perspective. I like heroes of course, but the individuality of such heroines is certainly worth praising.
Cora was a prime example of this character. She had a lot of room for growing and yet she was more than willingly to learn. She knew what she wanted to do with her life and she knew the direction, until her life changed. Suddenly she was faced with a difficult decision that she alone had to make for herself. Cora held both heart and determination that makes her character worth remembering.
I would highly recommend this novel for many reasons including that it is an engaging read, but for the heart of the story. I think it's important to realize that whenever an author like Evans creates a story that carries within the mind of her readers that such novels cannot be overlooked.
Natalie Meg Evans was WINNER of the 2014 Festival of Romantic Fiction's Best Historical Read award. WINNER of the 2015 Public Book Awards, Athens. Shortlisted for the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Awards. June 1940. As Paris, the City of Light, approaches its darkest hour, a young woman treads the line between survival and collaboration. Londoner Cora Masson has reinvented herself as Coralie de Lirac, using a false claim to aristocratic birth to launch herself as a fashionable milliner. When the Nazis invade, the influence of a high-ranking lover protects her business. But the cruel demands of war - and of love - cannot be kept at bay forever. Soon Coralie must find the courage to do what's necessary to protect her friends, her freedom and everything she believes in.